ARLINGTON, Texas, August 29 – On Sunday afternoon, the Texas Rangers were able to taste redemption. Texas was able to take their series finale against the Houston Astros by a final score of 13-2. They avoided a three-game sweep at home, which is something that doesn’t happen every day against Houston. Things clicked both offensively and defensively for the team. This was a win that had to be particularly satisfying both for the players and the fans. Here’s a breakdown of Sunday’s game.
Hearn’s Strong Start
Rangers’ lefty Taylor Hearn notched his fourth win of the season in this one. His record is now 4-4. He pitched 6.2 innings, the longest outing of his career. It was also his first career quality start. He gave up both of Houston’s runs, and both of them were earned. He also didn’t walk anybody and struck out six, and gave up one home run. That home run was off the bat of Yordan Alvarez in the top of the fifth inning, his 28th of the year. Their other run came in the same inning. Kyle Tucker scored on a double hit to left field by Jake Meyers.
Texas Rangers Offensive Outpour
The Rangers got started right away. Yonny Hernandez scored on a single to left by Adolis Garcia. This would move Isiah Kiner-Falefa to third base. Kiner-Falefa doubled earlier in the inning. He then scored on a sac-fly hit by Nathaniel Lowe. Next came a double by DJ Peters that brought home Garcia. The score was now 3-0. Peters would drive in Garcia again in the third inning, on yet another sac-fly. Texas made it 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth. This happened on a double by Hernandez that drove in Jose Trevino.
Garcia’s Grand Time
In the bottom of the fifth, Peters put Texas up 6-2 with his seventh home run of the year. Later in the inning, Nick Solak scored on a single by Trevino, who would be moved to third on a single by Kiner-Falefa. That single also drove in Jason Martin. With the Rangers leading 8-2 at this point, Garcia came to the plate once again. This time he had the bases loaded. He hit a towering grand slam to make it 12-2 Rangers. It was not only the first of his career, but it was also the first grand slam for the Rangers in almost two years. The last one was hit on September 29, 2019 by Rougned Odor against the New York Yankees. (This also happened to be the final game played at Globe Life Park). The Rangers’ 13th and final run was scored by Lowe on a single by Solak in the bottom of the fifth. Zack Greinke took the loss, bringing him to 1-5 on the year. He went four innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits. He walked two, struck out one, and gave up a home run.
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Taylor Hearn, Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jake Meyers, Yonny Hernandez, Adolis Garcia, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Nathaniel Lowe, DJ Peters, Jose Trevino, Nick Solak, Jason Martin, Rougned Odor, Zack Greinke